This vintage doll house chest of drawers is part of a lot that was recently purchased at an estate sale. The previous owner had a toy and hobby shop and these pieces were left when it was sold. All are 'new old stock' from the 1960's and 70's and most have the original box.
This bow-front dresser is part of the Queen Anne English Deluxe line and is made of solid mahogany (even the drawer interiors) with glued construction. The functioning drawers feature a carved bow knot centered between the tiny brass pulls. Sits on 4 carved legs.
Made in 1/12 scale and measures 3 1/4" tall, 4 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" deep.
Never used or displayed and in perfect condition with the original box. Both bear the original stickers and the part number (1012) is the same on both. The sticker on the dresser reads: "Made in Colombia, Exclusively for Bertha Casablanca, Miami, Florida".
This furniture has a long and varied history and has been made and/or imported by several companies over the years. First made in the 1930's by Chester Waite of Lynnfield, MA and marketed by Block House as 'Lynnfield'. Production changed hands and locations several times and it was finally being made in Colombia, South America and Taiwan and imported by Block House for Sonia Messer, Ms Casablanca and possibly others. Some pieces are simply marked "Block House". Production ceased in the early 1980's. The Colombian pieces are made from indigenous mahogany with a hand rubbed finish while the pieces from Taiwan are of a lighter colored wood with a shiny varnish. The differences are shown in the last picture with the Colombian piece in the left. The furniture has retained the original nice quality over the years with the designs accurately representing various classical styles. It is true to 1/12 (1") scale making it a popular choice for collectors.